Community Shakespeare will razzle your dazzle

  • Mon Nov 18th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Community Shakespeare

Need a break from — well — everything? The answer to all your real-life cares is “On The Razzle,” the hilarious non-Shakespeare play being presented by Community Shakespeare at 7 p.m., Nov. 20-23 at Lopez Center.

Based on the same original source as Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly,” rewritten by renowned British playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), this updated version of a classic Viennese farce is non-stop silliness. With period costumes by Tracey Cottingham, a set by Jack Tate and music from Gary Alexander, Jesse Hammond and crew, “Razzle” will dazzle.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, audiences can attend the company’s annual “pay-what-you-can” preview performance with admission by donation. Thursday, Nov. 20 is reduced-price ticket night with admission for students 18 and under just $10, and adults $15. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, all seats are full price: $15 for students and $20 for adults. Advance tickets are on sale at Paper, Scissors on the Rock and online at communityshakespeare.org.

This is the first time since 2011’s Laramie Project that Community Shakespeare has taken a huge leap away from the Bard of Avon. Company Director Richard Carter commented, “I’ve always wanted to do a farce: swinging doors, goofball humor, verbal swordplay: “Razzle” has it all. This seemed like the right season to offer audiences a chance to just laugh!”

Carter gives the play a PG-13 rating for some sexual humor, though he observed, “You’ll have to be listening pretty closely or it will fly right past.” Last year’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” was standing room only by the weekend, so he suggests ordering tickets in advance. The remaining seats will be sold at the door. The box office opens at 6 p.m.